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Tattoos are no longer considered permanent and irreversible designs or marks on the skin. Aesthetic Doctors can safely and effectively use different techniques to successfully remove unwanted tattoos.

Why remove a tattoo

A variety of social, cultural, religious and physical life changes influence the decision to remove tattoos:

• Allergic reactions
• Regrets about the decision
• Seeking or obtaining new employment
• Replacing one tattoo with another
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• Religious commitment

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Treatment Options for unwanted tattoos :

1.Dermabrasion

Dermabrasion – also known as surgical skin planing – is classified as a skin-resurfacing procedure as it “sands” the outer layers of the skin. Using a rapidly rotating device, a Aesthetic doctor removes the surface and middle layers of the tattoo. Following the procedure, the new skin generally has a smoother and refreshed appearance. Dermabrasion can be performed in the Aesthetic doctor’s office or in an outpatient surgical facility.

Why choose dermabrasion for tattoo removal
• Possible lower cost.
• True-and-tried method for tattoo removal in many cases.
• It can be done on an outpatient basis.

Possible risks

  •  Dermabrasion may cause various minor side effects, including:
  •  Redness, swelling or bleeding.
  •  Changes in skin color – including hyperpigmentation (treated skin becomes darker than normal), hypopigmentation (lighter than normal) or blotchiness.
  •  Infection – although rare – may occur.
  •  Dermabrasion that is performed too deeply may cause scarring.

2.Laser surgery

Laser therapy has become the preferred treatment for tattoo removal since it offers a low-risk option with minimal side effects. The aesthetic doctor removes the tattoo by using high-intensity laser beams to break up the pigment colors of the tattoo.

The type of laser used generally depends upon the pigment colors. Different lasers or different settings of the same laser are needed for different colors. A Q-Switched laser is commonly used to remove tattoos. The laser selectively targets and removes the tattoo without damaging the surrounding tissue, which greatly decreases scarring. Most tattoos do require multiple treatments.

Why choose laser therapy for tattoo removal

• Considered safer than other treatment options
• Offers improved therapeutic results
• Has a reduced risk of infection
• Less scarring in most cases
• Is considered a “bloodless” surgery
• Can be done on an outpatient basis
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Side effects are generally minor, but may include:

• Skin discoloration
• Infection
• Lack of complete pigment removal
• Some scarring
• A raised or thickened scar may appear three to six months after tattoo is removed

What to expect after the procedure
An ice pack, antibacterial ointment and dressing may be applied to the area. The area needs to be kept clean with ongoing application of ointment, as directed by your doctor. A shower or bath the day after treatment is usually acceptable, but avoid scrubbing the treatment area. A patient can expect to wear a bandage or patch regularly for protection and quicker healing. If left uncovered, sunscreen should be used when going outside

3.Surgical excision

Surgical excision – also called surgical removal – is a more invasive option for tattoo removal.

Some small tattoos might be good candidates for surgical removal, while others are considered too large to remove with a scalpel. The dermatologic surgeon removes the tattoo using a scalpel and closes the wound with stitches. This technique proves highly effective in removing some tattoos and allows the surgeon to remove the inked areas with great precision.

Why choose surgical excision for tattoo removal

• Highly effective for smaller tattoos
• Offers improved precision
• Possible risks

Side effects are generally minor, but may include:

• Skin discoloration
• Infection
• Lack of complete pigment removal
• Some scarring
• A raised or thickened scar may appear three to six months after the tattoo is removed.

Anyone considering getting a tattoo should consider the size, colors and location of the tattoo as well as other factors before beginning the process.

Professionally applied tattoos tend to penetrate the deeper layers of the skin at uniform levels. This uniformity allows aesthetic doctors to use techniques that remove broader areas of inked skin at the same depth. Professional tattoos made with some of the newer inks and pastel colors may be difficult to remove entirely.

Removal of homemade tattoos – often applied with an uneven hand – may be more difficult to remove.

Deeper blue and black ink colors are particularly challenging. Newer tattoos often tend to be more difficult to remove than older ones. Complete tattoo removal is not always possible. Some level of scarring or skin color variation is a strong possibility. Tattoo removal is almost always done on an outpatient basis.